Monday, 06 March 2017 10:35

Browser usage: Chrome soars as IE, Edge fall


Creating versions of the same browser for all platforms appears to be paying off handsomely for Google, if usage figures for its Chrome browser are any indication.

Over the two years from March 2015, Chrome grew in market share from 25.4% to 57.13%, according to figures available at Net Application's NetMarketShare.

Chrome is a proprietary browser made by Google; the company also makes a browser named Chromium that is open source.

The browser to have seen the biggest drop in usage, according to these figures, is Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which has dropped from 46.06% to 13.17%.

This drop is not compensated for by the figures for the company's new browser Edge, available in Windows 10, which commands just 3.84%. Neither IE nor Edge are available for other platforms.

Apple's Safari, which is again a single-platform browser, has seen little movement, with 11.96% Apple users utilising it in March 2015 and 11.91% in February 2017.

Firefox has seen bigger user movement than Safari, falling from 9.71% to 8.01%.

There is a somewhat surprising number of "other" browser users: 5.94% in February 2017. This figure, too, has shown a downward trend from 6.87% in March 2015.

This presmuably includes browsers like Opera, Brave, Vivaldi, Konqueror and Web (originally called Epiphany).

NetMarketShare collects data from visitors to its network of HitsLink Analytics and SharePost clients. It says the network includes over 40,000 websites, and spans the globe.

Of its data collection, it says: "We 'count' unique visitors to our network sites, and only count one unique visit to each network site per day. This is part of our quality control process to prevent fraud, and ensure the most accurate portrayal of Internet usage market share. The data is compiled from approximately 160 million unique visits per month."

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here


The much awaited iTWire Shop is now open to our readers.

Visit the iTWire Shop, a leading destination for stylish accessories, gear & gadgets, lifestyle products and everyday portable office essentials, drones, zoom lenses for smartphones, software and online training.

PLUS Big Brands include: Apple, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sennheiser and many more.

Products available for any country.

We hope you enjoy and find value in the much anticipated iTWire Shop.



iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.


Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous




Guest Opinion

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News